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New Time & Place

Beginning this Tuesday Cenla Meditation Group weekly practice is moving to 6:00 pm at body tao spa inside the Holiday Inn Downtown at 701 4th St. 1st floor. We hope that you will join us for meditation practice in this beautiful studio. Beginner friendly. No charge, donations welcome.

Winter Retreat 2017

January 12-15, 2017

South Toledo Bend State Park

Anacoco, Louisiana

Registration is live for our 4th Annual Meditation Retreat on beautiful South Toledo Bend State Park in Anacoco, La. This will be our first 3 day retreat almost one month from now. 

This retreat will include meditations in sitting, walking, chanting, tea, journaling, and nature.

This meditation retreat is limited to those who meet at least two of the three criteria:

1) Prior retreat experience, preferably with Cenla Meditation or similar Sangha.

2) Regular personal meditation practice.

3) Active participant in meditation group

Meal assignments are required in addition to the cost of registration. Due to the limited space available and short notice all registrations will be non-refundable.

Registration is limited to a small number of participants. Please register soon to reserve a spot. Message with any questions.

Register at Eventbrite.com.

Open Your Heart Retreat Info

2015-12-29 16.33.40Directions: 

From I-49, turn south on Hwy 106 toward St. Landry. Just past St. Landry you will see a CLECO power station on your left. Turn left on the next road on the left which is Spillway Rd. and the entrance to the boat landing and Conference/Meeting Room facility. It is about 1.5 miles down a gravel road. The facility is at the very end of the road. Please note it is on the north side of the lake. It is not in the main campground/arboretum area on the south side of the lake. If you have trouble finding the facility, call Lyndon at (318)229-3811.

What to Bring: 

  • A Yoga Mat and any props that you like to use
  • Please wear comfortable, loose clothes and dress in layers, depending on the weather. We will try to keep a pleasantly warm room.
  • We should have enough meditation cushions for everyone registered, but if you like to sit with any particular style of cushion or chair, please bring them. There are only hard chairs in the facility for alternatives.
  • Journal or notebook and pen or pencil for a journaling practice
  • Hot water, tea, and water provided. If we all brought a mug, that would cut down on paper waste.
  • Finally, a vegetarian lunch will be provided. Some have offered to bring a dish to share. You are welcome to bring something to share also, but it is not required. Please email us at info@cenlameditation.org if you plan to bring food.

If you know of someone interested in attending that is not already registered, there are only a few spaces remaining. Email us at info@cenlameditation.org to let us know they want to come. they can pay via PayPal or bring money the day of the retreat.

It’s going to be a great day! We are excited that you are coming and hope that is a wonderful experience for everyone. See you soon!

Open Your Heart Retreat

 

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Open Your Heart
Yoga & Meditation
One-Day Retreat

Bayou Chicot State Park
Ville Platte, Louisiana

Valentine’s Weekend
Saturday, February 13, 2016
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Kundalini Yoga with Bill Savage
Qi Gong with Paul Nettles
Meditation with Lyndon Marcotte
Yoga Tao with B. Hedrick

You can send the $40 registration via PayPal to info@cenlameditation.org, or download the Printable Registration Form and mail it in with payment. Space is limited. If you are interested in providing a vegetarian dish to share for lunch, please email us for availability.

Tips for Developing a Regular Sitting Practice

A personal sacred space

Choose a space that is dedicated just for your practice.
Select a place in your home that you will only use for your practice. Choose a space that will be relatively quiet when you practice and where you can be alone. It doesn’t have to be fancy. A corner of the bedroom or a large closet would even do. Place a cushion there and something meaningful to you, such as a candle or a picture that inspires you. You don’t balance your checkbook in this space. You don’t play on Facebook here. You turn the ringer off when you’re here. You just sit. Treat the space as sacred and only use it for your practice.

Practice at the same time every day, as much as possible.
It can be very helpful to begin your day with meditation, but if that doesn’t fit your schedule right now, find another time that works for you. Perhaps it will be easier for you to end your day and unwind with your practice, or you may find a 15 minute window of time during the day that works for you, perhaps when you first get home or when you put the baby down for a nap. The important thing is to practice at the same time of day, as much as possible. It sets the expectation in your mind and a makes that time for yourself a priority. Put it in your calendar and set an alarm in your phone if you must. No one else will make your practice a priority for you, if you don’t.

Create a meaningful ritual for your time in that space.
Find a way to make your practice your own using a simple ritual that is meaningful to you and sets your intention for your practice. Maybe you can light a candle and take a moment to express gratitude before you begin. Maybe you can include a picture of someone who is especially endearing to you that inspires you. Maybe it’s a simple mantra practice like loving kindness meditation that helps you begin your practice. Do whatever works for you that helps you to shift gears from the busyness of your life and into your practice.

Set reasonable goals for yourself.
If you’re not a morning person, it will be very difficult to suddenly try to get up at 4:30 am to meditate every day. Be realistic. Don’t try to sit for an hour any time soon. Even 5 minutes a few times a week is a good way to begin a new practice. If all you do is sit down on the cushion and put your body there in that space in that posture for a few breaths a day then get up and go about your day, it can be a very healthy way to begin creating a meaningful practice. Set small reasonable goals for yourself and make them a priority.

Be accountable to others.
The practice of meditation may seem like a lone ranger mentality, but the truth is that we need a safe supporting community. Even if it’s just one friend that we can share about our practice with, it really helps us to know someone else is on a similar path as ours. We all need encouragement and the opportunity to offer encouragement to others. Find a local yoga class or meditation group that you can practice with on occasion, or join an online discussion group on meditation. Even using an app on your phone like Insight Timer will put you in touch with other people who are engaged in similar types of practice as yours.

The bottom line is you just do it. You set your intention, you make it a priority, and defend that time in your day as a way of giving back to yourself and cultivating the enormous potential that is in you. Sometime you have to be a little selfish in order to be more selfless for everyone else in your life.